The White Devil

The White Devil

A Novel

Book - 2011
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When Andrew Taylor is sent to the Harrow School, a British institution for privileged adolescents, he is spurned by nearly all of his peers, and becomes immersed in a two-hundred-year-old literary mystery when he finds a friend in the school's poet-in-residence.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061728280
0061728284
9780061728273
0061728276
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Eva

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gusmcrae
Jun 29, 2016

This "ghost" story was OK for me. It's not terribly creepy. It's told from different perspectives and I really enjoyed the ones with the school headmaster. I'm still pondering whether the ending is disappointing or surprisingly satisfying.

yozzi Mar 31, 2012

I really like this novel, I thought it flowed well and kept your interest. You wanted to know more about byron and andrew. Some people my find this boring a story about rich english kids, but i like it.

debwalker Apr 27, 2011

"Demonic possession...takes on a literary twist and a sexual jolt in THE WHITE DEVIL when a wayward American teenager named Andrew Taylor is shipped off to Harrow, the elite English boarding school where Lord Byron sowed some of his wild oats. Evans starkly conveys the alienation felt by Andrew in this class-bound foreign culture. Although far from a personable youth, Andrew finds his prospects brightening when his housemaster, a “drunk and useless” poet flailing away at a play commissioned by the school’s governors, takes note of the boy’s Byronic features and casts him in the role of that notoriously dissolute Harrovian.

Evans heaps an assortment of gothic embellishments onto this coming-of-age narrative, probing the mystery of how Byron’s sexual adventures at Harrow might have contributed to his literary maturation. The secret room with “the lustrous atmosphere of physical desire so overwhelming as to be sickening” is a bit over the top. But the pale, wan ghost who quotes poetry and takes possession of Andrew, showing him how Byron’s romantic betrayal drove him to murder, offers about as much excitement as any 17-year-old might hope to experience during his senior year abroad."
Marilyn Stasio NYT

Shelf Talker: Evans comes up with a plausible theory for one of the great unanswered questions about Lord Byron's early life and integrates it with a chilling contemporary horror story in the vein of Michael Marshall.

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